From A Writer’s Heart . . .

Happy Friday, All!

And as I often say each Friday, T.G.I.F.! Several times a day, I often say, “Thank You God!” On the wall in my bedroom, I have a painting of Jesus which was given to me by one of my former students at City College, Fort Lauderdale, Anieth Daley, a Jamaican woman. Each morning and often at night, I comment, “Thank you Jesus!”

Those of you who know me well have probably seen the changes I have gone through . . . and continue to go through. So, Educational Excellence is not only a marketing vehicle for my books and motivational speaking business, which has been mostly volunteer here of late, it has taken on the character, if you will, of the director, aka John I. Cook. Now it is nothing fancy and it is a far cry from a “Dear Abbey” type format, and, I try to stay away from things that I don’t know much about like politics, economics and religion! Yet, as a writer, and I am still learning a lot, I choose to advocate certain things like “Stop the Violence” and “love, peace and hope”.

Along this journey, I have met … and still not personally yet met … many many people from different walks of life as well as different economic levels, if you will. I have had people say some of the nicest things to me, especially here of late, and I have had some people say some pretty rude things to and about me! This is life. And furthermore, I too have said some of the nicest things to people as well as some pretty rude things in the past. I was raised by a very loving mother and a strict somewhat cold father. Those who have such parents know where I am coming from. Still, I take pride in being the youngest boy of a “nuclear family” (mother, father, sisters, brother) and have seen and felt a lot along this journey.

I don’t ask everyone to agree with me I just ask that people hear me out . . . Or let me know that you don’t want to hear it and I will remove you from this e-mail family list. About a year ago, a good professional friend of mine suggested I do a blog to replace a website that an even longer time friend who was very benevolent to me during some rough times that followed my release from a short stay in the “belly of the beast” (see Three Strikes, You’rrre Out! at had set up for me and I have never been able to repay he and his wife! Peace be still . . . And still, I have a friend of over 40 years who was comparably benevolent ( and still is to this day!) who has suffered from a life changing illness whom I love with all my heart; those who know me know him! And I thank God today for the good friends I still have today who have helped me along the way! So, I just try to give back . . . with my writing!

So as the popular expression goes, “I am just sayin’ …”, this all comes from a writer’s heart – to you, if you wish to accept it.

Last week, I got some news that I will be changing departments on my job as I approach my one year anniversary there, and I am very happy. Last night at the gym, one of the guys who works in that department came by as I worked on my calf muscles (lol!) and said, “I heard you’re gonna be comin’ to our department!” I jokingly replied, “They told you?! I was hoping to surprise you on Monday morning!” He continued that it was a cool group in quality assurance and that I would like it.

I do yoga, go to the gym, participate in Raj yoga meditation, go to Calvary Chapel ’cause Pastor Bob is always very open about his life with us and we have similar demons that we’ve battled, and I write and do motivational talks as my contribution to the human community along this journey we share. I hope you don’t mind! I may be too loving and peaceful sometimes because as my only child once told me that I once said something cold to her that alienated her from me … and I don’t want to do that anymore, but if I have offended any of you, I do humbly and sincerely apologize. I meant no harm. So, in closing this e-mail “from a writer’s heart”, I ask you to remember the following:

“Sit loosely in the saddle of life.” by Robert Louis Stevenson; and, “Self-love, my liege, is not so vile a sin as self-neglecting.” by William Shakespeare.

As Nikki Giovanni once said, “The only true adventure is love!”

Have a great weekend, all!

Love always,

John I. Cook, Director

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lynn
    Sep 16, 2011 @ 14:02:59

    Wow..Mr. Cook, I’m enjoying this site as much as I enjoyed your book. Thank you for sharing!



  2. Ken Chiarito
    Sep 16, 2011 @ 23:17:05

    Had know idea of your blog, John. Please add me to the list!!
    FB or
    Thanks SO much!!



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